Frisco Color Slides (lots of 'em)

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  1. gstout

    gstout Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Guys:

    It has been a few years now since Frisco in Color V.2 and Frisco Power came out, and I am sitting here with (literally) several THOUSAND slides, many of which have appeared in the above books as well as other publications, plus our web site's archive. It has come to my attention in recent months that I have reached a stage in my life where tomorrow is no longer guaranteed, and I am concerned about the disposition of these slides if I get hit by a bus. There is also a possibility that we will be downsizing at some point in the future, and storage space may be at a premium. Accordingly, I would like to ask whether anyone out there in "Frisco-land" would be interested in taking custody of these photos so they remain both secure and available. They have all been sorted and sleeved or boxed together for ease of reference, so whoever becomes the new custodian will not just get a bunch of loose material in a cardboard box. Questions and/or volunteers are cheerfully welcomed.

    GS
     
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  2. Iantha_Branch

    Iantha_Branch Member

    I'm interested in this task. How many boxes and of what size are we talking?
     
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  3. frisco1522

    frisco1522 Staff Member Staff Member

    All diesel?
     
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  4. gstout

    gstout Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Ethan: The majority of the slides are in protective sleeves (20 per sleeve) in large 3-ring binders. The slides are grouped together by subject, e.g., "GP7," "SD45," "XXXX-series boxcars," etc., so reference is fairly easy. There are four binders. The overflow (man, there are a lot of GP7, GP35 and GP38-2 images) are in small boxes of either 20 or about 50.

    Don: Mostly all diesel, both B&Y and O&W, plus some passenger diesels (not many) and LOTS of rolling stock plus a whole series of photos taken along the Monett-Fort Smith line. There are also depots, miscellaneous facilities, and a handful of steam shots, but most of those are locomotives sitting in dead lines.

    Everyone: Obviously, these images do not belong to me, I am just the current custodian. Therefore I do not have a "Plan B" that anticipates selling them to a publisher or otherwise disposing of them outside the group, but at some point they will need to find a new home, either with one of our members or at an appropriate museum. I cannot imagine that a larger physical collection of Frisco color images exists anywhere.

    GS
     
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  5. timothy_cannon

    timothy_cannon Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Greg, I am willing to help out BUT my health is almost a day to day issue. If you want me to take possession of the slides I will. I only live 15 0r so miles from you so postage and safety of the slides is not an issue. In other words, I'm here if you need me.

    Tim
    TLC
     
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  6. Iantha_Branch

    Iantha_Branch Member

    Sent you a PM greg
     
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  7. mark

    mark Member

    Greg,

    Have all of the images been posted to the Frisco Archive?

    The last image posted to the Archive was on 5/1/2020.

    Hope this helps.

    Thanks!

    Mark
     
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  8. gstout

    gstout Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Well, I'd have to guess they have not all been posted (unless the Archive contains north of 2,000 images), but then, I don't routinely scan the Archives.

    GS
     
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  9. mark

    mark Member

    Greg,

    Sounds like the first stop for the material should be the Frisco Archive.

    The images can then be scanned in high resolution and posted to the Archive site. Then the images can be accessed by anyone interested in the Frisco. A number of the images already posted in the Archive have been further enhanced with added comments by viewers noting details, locations, dates, photographers, etc..

    Once posted the originals would be returned to you or your designee for storage. With our favorite railroad gone 40+ years it is ever more important to get the images and information out before we loose more folks with first hand knowledge. Further, simply passing the images from one person to another for storage does not contribute to our and future folks greater knowledge of the Frisco.

    Hope this helps.

    Thanks!

    Mark
     
  10. gstout

    gstout Member Frisco.org Supporter

    The slide collection is now in the capable hands of Ethan ("Iantha Branch"). Thanks to everyone who offered to help out.

    GS
     
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  11. Iantha_Branch

    Iantha_Branch Member

    Thanks again for the collection Greg.

    I have a digital scanner coming in from Amazon so I can start making digital copies when I get a chance.
     
  12. mark

    mark Member

    Ethan,

    As you scan each image be certain to forward to Charlie or one of the other administrators so they may be posted to the Frisco Archive.

    Looking forward to seeing and sharing new images in the Archive with others. This is a great resource to develop related comments, data and information. That way they we actively preserve both the images and historical information for use by current and future fans of the Frisco. Best of all it can be accessed on line by anyone at any time.

    Hope this helps.

    Thanks!

    Mark
     
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